NSW stiffens penalties for animal cruelty

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Animal abusers in NSW will face jail time and an eight-fold increase in fines after the state's parliament passed new cruelty laws.

Offenders will now be dealt fines of up to $44,000 and 12 months in jail for animal cruelty or $110,000 and two years' jail for aggravated cruelty.

For corporations doing the wrong thing that increases to $220,000 and $550,000 for each act.

Failing to provide food and shelter will now come with penalties of up to $16,500 and six months in jail, or $82,500 for businesses.

Agriculture Minister Adam Marshall said the bill, passed in the upper house on Thursday night, would modernise the legislation.

"These changes will see an up-to eight-fold increase in financial penalties and jail time for grubs who would hurt or fail to adequately care for animals," he said in a statement.

"The Bill simply underscores that animal cruelty is already unacceptable in NSW, and brings down a harsh suite of penalties on those who fall foul of our robust laws."